VOLUME 2 AIR OPERATOR AND AIR AGENCY CERTIFICATION AND APPLICATION PROCESS
CHAPTER 12 CERTIFICATION OF A PART
147 AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN SCHOOL
Section 1 General
2-1411 PROGRAM TRACKING AND REPORTING SUBSYSTEM (PTRS) ACTIVITY CODES.
A. Maintenance: 3230.
B. Avionics: 5230.
2-1412 OBJECTIVE. This section provides guidance for certificating
an Aviation Maintenance Technician School (AMTS) under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part
Aviation Maintenance Technician Schools.
2-1413 GENERAL. This section prescribes procedures for evaluating
applications for AMTS certification. The certification of an AMTS is not limited
to schools physically located within the United States; however, the Administrator
is not currently issuing certificates to schools physically located outside the United States.
NOTE: An applicant for certification of a school physically located
outside the United States must show that the need exists to certificate airmen
to perform maintenance of U.S.-registered civil aircraft and that no alternative
through a bilateral agreement or similar agreement exists.
A. Certification Process. The certification process provides
for interaction between the applicant and the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) from initial inquiry to issuance or denial of an AMTS Certificate. It
ensures the thorough review, evaluation and testing of programs, systems, and
methods of compliance (see Figure 2-36, Certification Process Flowchart). The
certification process consists of the following five phases:
· Preapplication phase,
· Formal application phase,
· Document compliance phase,
· Demonstration and inspection phase, and
· Certification phase.
B. Authority. Part
Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C.) § 44707 provide regulatory
and statutory authority for certificating an AMTS.
C. Aviation Safety Inspector’s (ASI) Responsibility. ASIs should
not become involved in determining the market need for the AMTS, the selection
of resource personnel (consultants), or materials. ASIs must remain objective
in evaluating the applicant’s facilities, personnel, and curriculum content.
Figure 2-36. Certification Process Flowchart
2-1414 PREAPPLICATION PHASE.
A. Initial Inquiry. Upon initial contact from an applicant requesting part
the receiving office must first find out if the AMTS will reside within the geographic boundaries of
the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO). If the applicant has contacted a FSDO that does not have
geographic responsibility, the applicant will be directed to the appropriate FSDO. The applicant is
directed by the ASI as to which regulations he or she must meet and where he or she may obtain copies
of the regulations. The FSDO should direct the applicant to the Web site at
http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/ for applicable regulations; advisory
circulars (AC); FAA orders, notices, and bulletins; and other pertinent information applicable to part
certification. The applicant should be provided with an initial
overview of the certification process.
B. The Preapplication Statement of Intent (PASI). The applicant
is instructed to download a FAA Form
8400-6, Preapplication Statement of Intent, from
FAA.gov and should be provided instructions on how to complete it and where
to send it. The submission of a PASI expresses intent by the applicant to initiate
certification. It also allows the FAA to plan activities and commit resources.
Therefore, a potential applicant should submit a completed PASI only after reviewing
the appropriate regulations and advisory material to include applicable ACs,
notices, and Order 8900.1 guidance. The applicant should consider the personnel,
facility, equipment, and documentation requirements for certification and operation.
C. Certification Services Oversight Process (CSOP). Upon receipt
of a completed PASI the FSDO manager or the office manager’s designee creates
a new PASI Summary Form and enters the applicant into CSOP per
Volume 11, Chapter 13, Section 1,
Flight Standards Certification Services Oversight Process.
1) The FSDO manager should use the PASI to evaluate the complexity
of the proposed operation and to ensure that trained and experienced ASIs are
available to participate as certification team members.
2) The FSDO manager notifies the Regional Flight Standards Division
(RFSD) of the PASI. The RFSD may use the PASI to assess the FSDO workload and
forecast its staffing needs.
D. Establish Certification Team. When it is determined to proceed with the
certification process, the FSDO manager or the airworthiness unit supervisor
establishes the team members to conduct the certification consistent with
Volume 11, Chapter 13, Section 1 and
the CSOP standard operating procedure (SOP). The team will consist of at least one Maintenance ASI
from the certificating FSDO, one Avionics inspector, and, if required, one regional representative.
Additional Airworthiness ASIs may be utilized as needed. One team member will
be designated as the certification project manager (CPM). The FSDO will obtain
a precertification number from the Aviation Data Systems Branch (AFS-620).
NOTE: RFSD or headquarters (HQ) representatives may serve as active
members or advisors of the certification team. These representatives should
attend both the preapplication and the formal application meetings. They should
also be present during facility inspections. CSOP provides the option for RFSD
initial certification teams.
E. Responsibilities of the CPM. The team member designated as
the CPM must have completed appropriate training (FAA Course 21000113, Aviation
Maintenance Technician Schools and its eLMS prerequisite course 27100162). The
CPM should preferably have previous experience in the certification of an AMTS under part
1) The CPM must serve as the primary spokesperson for the FAA
throughout the certification process. Consequently, the CPM must thoroughly
coordinate all certification matters with all other specialists assigned to
the certification project.
2) The CPM must be responsible for ensuring that all certification tasks are complete,
and must coordinate all correspondence to and from the applicant following the guidance of
Volume 11, Chapter 13, Section 1 and the CSOP SOP.
3) The CPM must notify the FSDO manager of any information that
may significantly affect or delay the certification project.
4) The CPM must ensure that individuals involved with the certification
project and FSDO manager are kept fully informed of the current status of the certification.
5) The CPM must keep the RFSD informed of any unusual aspects of the certification process.
6) The CPM must ensure that an application for a certificate
and rating, or for an additional rating, under part
made on a form and in a manner prescribed by the Administrator, and submitted with:
a) A description of the proposed curriculum;
b) A list of the facilities and materials to be used;
c) A list of its instructors, including the kind of certificate and ratings
held and the certificate numbers; and
d) A statement of the maximum number of students it expects to teach at any one time.
NOTE: The CPM would benefit from the use of the AMTS Certification Process
Guide located in the current edition of AC
Certification and Operation of Aviation Maintenance Technician
Schools, Figure 4-1, to document the certification progress. The CPM may use
their own checklist in the certification process as long as the requirements
of the certification phases are met. The development of a working certification
file or checklist containing the AMTS Certification Process Guide could assist
the CPM in collecting, completing, and storing the documents as the certification
process progresses. This could be completed and converted to the certification
file required at the completion of certification.
F. Responsibilities of the Certification Team Members. It is
the responsibility of each team member to respond to a CPM request for assistance
and keep the CPM informed of the status of the certification. Immediately bring
any discrepancy that may delay the certification effort to the attention of the CPM.
G. Aircraft Maintenance Division (AFS-300). When requested by the RFSD, AFS-300
will determine if HQ’s participation is appropriate and will notify the RFSD
of the determination and the name(s) of any AFS‑300 participants. RFSD and HQ
representatives may serve as active members of the team or as advisors. These
representatives may attend both the preapplication
and the formal application meetings. They also may be present during facility inspections.
H. Preapplication Meeting and Discussion Topics. The FSDO manager
or unit supervisor will advise the applicant of the necessity for a preapplication
meeting. In preparation for the preapplication meeting, the CPM should remind
the applicant that the key management personnel should attend the meeting and
should be prepared to discuss, in general terms, various aspects of the applicant’s proposed operation.
1) The preapplication meeting should be held in the FSDO that
will have oversight responsibility for the AMTS. This will allow the applicant
to become familiar with the FSDO personnel. However, if the applicant’s facility
is available, the CPM may request to hold the meeting at the applicant’s facility
to verify that it meets the requirements for the ratings requested.
NOTE: Regional certification teams normally perform preapplication meetings at the
RFSD consistent with the guidance of
Volume 11, Chapter 13, Section 1 and the CSOP SOP.
2) During the preapplication meeting, the applicant should provide the FAA with
an AMTS point of contact (POC). Encourage the applicant to ask questions during
the discussion. Applicants should be thoroughly familiar with the certification
phase requirements before continuing with the certification process. It is important,
therefore, that the CPM be thoroughly prepared to conduct the meeting.
3) Open discussion of the applicant’s intent for AMTS certification
should take place while the FAA offers answers to any questions the applicant
has regarding the application process. At a minimum, the following should take
place during the preapplication meeting:
a) Discuss FAA expectations of the AMTS to include ethical considerations,
meeting minimum regulatory compliance with part
qualify for certification, and maintaining consistent regulatory
compliance at all times after certification.
b) Discuss the five phases of certification and the requirements of each phase.
c) Discuss what the applicant may expect from the FAA during and after certification.
d) Verify the applicant is aware of the regulatory requirements and FAA
policies regarding certification and operation of an AMTS.
e) Inform the applicant of the three types of air agency ratings that may
be issued (i.e., Airframe, Powerplant, and Airframe and Powerplant (A&P)).
f) Provide instruction on the completion of FAA Form
8310-6, Aviation Maintenance
Technician School Certificate & Ratings Application.
g) Verify the applicant understands the purpose and content of the formal application documents.
h) Discuss the AMTS requirement to provide written procedures on specific
processes including tool control, use of cleaners, lubricants, and flammable liquids.
i) Discuss AMTS procedures for administrative procedures and recordkeeping processes.
j) Discuss and verify that the applicant understands part
crediting students for previous training and experience.
k) Inform the applicant that the school may not teach students before certification
as an AMTS and then give credit for that training after certification (refer to §§
l) Verify that the applicant understands that when granting credit for previous
Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) experience (refer to §
147.31(c)(2) and (3)),
only documentary evidence and testing is permitted,
comparable to the required curriculum subjects.
m) Explain to the applicant the various methods that may be used to determine
the amount of credit to be given to students for previous training under §
n) Discuss the requirements for a written approved system for minimum standards
for graduation and methods of determining final grades (refer to §
o) Discuss the requirement for written approved procedures for recording
and controlling attendance, and provisions for course makeup when curriculum subjects are missed.
p) Discuss the procedures for taking FAA written knowledge tests, oral (knowledge)
and practical (skill) tests, and for overall certification requirements found
in the current edition of FAA
General Aviation Airman Designee Handbook.
q) Discuss the requirement for procedures to maintain, keep, and distribute
student records and transcripts (§
r) Discuss the significance and issuance of part
operations specifications (OpSpecs).
s) Discuss the content of a compliance statement listing each applicable part
and the necessity for providing either a brief narrative or a specific reference
to a document that describes the manner of compliance with the part
t) Discuss with the applicant the purpose of the AMTS and its role in qualifying
the student to perform the duties of an AMT for particular ratings or rating under 14 CFR part
65 subpart D.
u) Discuss with the AMTS applicant the importance of the contribution made
to aviation safety by a properly trained and certificated AMT.
v) Discuss with the AMTS applicant the need to develop AMTS operating policies
and procedures addressing allowances to deviate from the approved curriculum
order of instruction on a case‑by‑case basis due to unexpected interruptions
such as inoperative mockups, inclement weather, hospitalized instructor, etc.
w) Discuss with the AMTS applicant the need for the AMTS to incorporate
policies and procedures addressing the reporting of interruptions that cause
deviations in the order of instruction in the approved curriculum to the principal inspector (PI).
x) Discuss with the AMTS applicant the issuance of OpSpecs as dictated by
the AMTS-specific operations.
y) Discuss program implementation requirements for distance learning if
the AMTS intends to develop a distance learning curriculum as a teaching delivery
method to enrolled AMT students. Distance learning is widely utilized for delivering
instruction by lecture, visual demonstration, discussion, knowledge of general
principles and, with the proper training support equipment, is a viable option
for teaching some practical applications or developing fundamental manipulative skills.
NOTE: Although encouraged, do not coerce applicants to exceed part
147 regulatory requirements.
I. Preapplication Meeting Discussion of Documents.
1) Inform the applicant of the following certification documents
required to be submitted for review during the formal application meeting. It
is important that the CPM be thoroughly prepared to conduct the meeting.
2) Inform the applicant to develop the following:
a) An event-scheduling calendar developed by the applicant that identifies,
documents and forecasts the step-by-step completion of the certification process
as outlined in the five phases of certification.
b) Two completed copies of FAA Form
c) A compliance statement listing each applicable part
and providing either a brief narrative or a specific reference
to a document that describes the manner of compliance with the regulations.
d) A description of the proposed curriculum. Emphasize that the actual curriculum
must receive approval before certification.
NOTE: The event-scheduling calendar should be developed in a way that
ensures the certification process covers all phases of certification. The applicant
should develop a Schedule of Events (SOE) that ensures the certification process
is sound, and is agreeable to the CPM. The applicant and the CPM should review
the schedule periodically to ensure steps are not missed. A copy of the completed
SOE should be retained by the CPM in the certification file.
NOTE: For further guidance on curriculum requirements, see
Volume 2, Chapter 12, Section 2.
e) A student enrollment statement indicating the maximum number of students
to be taught for each rating during each enrollment period. The FAA Form
8310-6 application will also show this information.
f) A written description of standards for graduation.
g) A written description of attendance and missed course content makeup procedures.
h) A written description of grading procedures.
i) An inventory of the materials, equipment, and tools to be used. Advise
the applicant to detail which tools the school will provide and which the students must furnish.
j) A written description of the facilities to be used for instruction. Ask
the applicant to provide detailed drawings with dimensions of classrooms and laboratory/shop
facilities. The drawings should show the relative location of each school facility.
k) A list of instructors showing any required certificate number(s),
ratings, and subjects to be taught by each.
NOTE: Each subject in the proposed curriculum must be accounted for
on the instructor listing. Ensure that the applicant understands that technical
maintenance courses other than certain general subjects must be taught by appropriately
certificated airframe and/or powerplant AMTs. Inform the applicant that at least
one certificated instructor is required for every 25 students in each shop or
laboratory class (refer to §
l) A written description of the method that ensures access to appropriate
and current technical data necessary for the rating(s) sought. The procedures
should demonstrate the ability to access or possess the current information.
3) The data should include the following:
· Code of Federal Regulations (CFR),
· Type Certificate Data Sheets (TCDS),
· Airworthiness Directives (AD),
· Supplemental Type Certificates (STC),
· Maintenance manuals, and
J. Conduct Precertification Inspections. If possible, visit the
proposed school before a formal application is filed. Inspect and make necessary
recommendations regarding the following:
· Work areas,
· Technical data,
· Instructional aids,
· Other areas as needed, and
equipment, materials, and documents (if applicable).
2-1415 FORMAL APPLICATION PHASE. The formal application phase requires
a formal application meeting to present the required certification documents
and discuss those issues relevant to the particular application.
A. Schedule and Conduct Formal Application Meeting. The CPM meets
with the official(s) representing the school. Review the submitted formal application
and documents, including the SOE. Determine whether the applicant has submitted
all documents, and if they are complete.
B. Review the Following. If all documents are complete, review FAA Form
compliance statement, the curriculum, standards for graduation,
attendance and makeup procedures, grading procedures, facility layout, and the
instructor qualifications for conformity to the regulations.
NOTE: If discrepancies exist in the documents, return the documents
to the applicant with a letter identifying the discrepancies. It should be clearly
explained to the applicant the need to correct the document deficiencies in
a timely manner to facilitate continuance of the certification process.
1) Compliance Statement. To benefit the applicant, development
of a compliance statement assists in the certification process by showing in
writing how the applicant intends to meet the requirements of each section of the part
The compliance statement must list each applicable part
and provide a brief narrative or a specific reference to a manual
or other document describing the planned method of compliance with the regulation.
a) Practical projects referring to §
all functions specified in the curriculum that involve
hands-on tasks. Therefore, practical projects should include any task taught
to Level 2 or 3, as specified in part
and OpSpecs, since all of these require some practical application.
the maintenance of curriculum requirements. Title 14 CFR
prescribes minimum standards for certification and operation. These standards
may be exceeded beyond what the rule requires, but only as part of an approved curriculum.
3) List of Instructors and Qualifications. The certificate number,
ratings, and subjects must be listed for each instructor. There must be at least
1 certificated instructor for every 25 students in each shop or laboratory class (refer to §
the suitability of noncertificated instructors to teach
certain general courses on an individual basis.
4) Student Enrollment Statement. This statement indicates the
maximum number of students to be taught for each rating during each enrollment period. Do not
count students enrolled in other non‑FAA‑approved courses toward the maximum allowable part
NOTE: Non-FAA-approved courses may not detract from the part
ability to provide for a quality education (due to facility overcrowding,
equipment over use, etc.). PIs must be cognizant of the effect
non-FAA-approved courses may pose.
5) Diagram and Description of Facilities. This description must
include a facility layout plan indicating the relative location of classrooms
to shops/laboratories, including dimensions, and the relative location of each
facility to each other facility when there is more than one site or location for the school.
6) Inventory of Equipment, Materials, and Tools. The inventory
must detail which tools the school will provide and which tools the students must furnish.
7) Accept or Deny Formal Application. Acceptance or denial of
the formal application is based on inclusion of all required materials as detailed
in the preapplication meeting. The proposed methods of compliance are not being
evaluated at this stage. Based on the initial review of the formal application
and any meetings with the applicant, accept or deny the application. Advise
the applicant in writing of the results. If the application is denied, return
the application and attachments with a letter stating the reasons for denial.
2-1416 DOCUMENT COMPLIANCE PHASE.
A. Review Documents. Thoroughly review the applicant’s curriculum
and other documents to ensure that each complies with the applicable regulations.
Approve, accept, or deny each document as appropriate. Documents reviewed during
this phase must include:
1) FAA Form
2) Statement of compliance (SOC).
3) Curriculum (refer to §
4) Distance learning curriculum (if applicable).
5) Instructor requirements and qualifications (refer to §
6) For student verification purposes, applicants for an AMTS
must have FAA-accepted procedures to ensure they can provide confirmation of
student graduation to the FAA, a requesting Designated Mechanic Examiner (DME),
or an approved testing center.
7) Minimum standards for graduation and a method of determining final grades (refer to
8) Procedures for recording and controlling attendance.
9) Absence and missed material. Section
an approved system for recording student attendance.
The system must show hours of absence allowed and how the missed material will
be made available to the student. The system must ensure that all graduates
will have completed all appropriate curriculum requirements (refer to §
a) Instructors must supervise and verify completion of practical project
requirements. Other missed materials may be made available through:
1. Communication of subjects and/or chapters covered in a course textbook;
2. Availability of an instructor presentation;
3. Availability of class materials; and
4. Assignments directly
attributable to the missed subject matter, such as, but not limited to:
· Supplementary reading assignments;
· Student completion of a written essay;
· Student completion of questions, answers, and references;
· A student oral presentation based on an outline; and/or
· Other methods acceptable to the Administrator.
b) A student must complete all makeup assignments, class assignments, and
exams missed in a module before an instructor can administer any written, oral, or practical test.
c) Failure of a student to complete all makeup assignments and material
within the school’s approved allotted time period may result in the student being required to repeat that subject.
NOTE: Instructors cannot use the material from distance learning offerings to make
up material missed from a classroom or lab offering, or vice versa.
10) Written procedures for taking FAA written (knowledge), oral
(knowledge), and practical (skill) tests and for certification requirements found in Order
11) Procedures for maintaining, keeping, and distributing student
records and transcripts (refer to
12) Procedures for tool control.
13) Procedures for updating the technical data library.
14) Facility layout (refer to §§
B. Document Deficiencies. If you find deficiencies in any document
submitted by the applicant, return the document with a letter identifying the deficiency.
NOTE: The certification team must be ready to offer suggestions, but
not mandate how to improve the product but should avoid writing the applicant’s documents.
C. If Necessary, Terminate the Certification Process. If the
documents submitted are consistently found to be of insufficient quality, schedule
a meeting with the applicant to discuss each deficiency in detail. Advise the
applicant that continuing the certification process is impractical and the option
for the applicant to reapply for certification.
1) Complete Item 13 of FAA Form
8310-6, by marking the “Disapproved”
box or by indicating that the application was withdrawn, as appropriate.
2) Return the application with a letter advising the applicant
of the reasons for termination. Advise the applicant that a new PASI is required
to initiate the certification process again.
3) Forward two copies of the letter to the RFSD.
4) Notify AFS-620 of the project’s termination.
2-1417 DEMONSTRATION AND INSPECTION PHASE. In this phase, the certification
team makes an onsite inspection to determine whether the applicant’s proposed
procedures and programs are effective. At this time, the applicant demonstrates
that the facilities and equipment are safe and satisfactory (see
Volume 2, Chapter 12, Section 3). Emphasis
is on compliance with the regulations. Throughout the demonstration and inspection phase, the
CPM must ensure that each aspect of the applicant’s required demonstration is first documented,
then observed, and then either approved or disapproved.
A. Evaluate Suitability of Facilities, Equipment, Tools, and Materials.
1) Facilities. The instructional aids, laboratory and shop equipment,
and physical layout of the facilities must meet the requirements outlined in §§
applicant should keep in mind that the facilities must constitute
an environment suitable for learning. Excessive noise, dust, fumes, heat, cold,
and clutter could distract the applicant during development of the AMTS facility.
The ratings that the school proposes to obtain will influence the layout of the AMTS facility.
2) Equipment. An AMTS is required to have sufficient shop equipment
in place and in satisfactory operating condition to adequately serve the student
enrollment and meet shop/project subject requirements. The equipment must be
situated so students can operate it in a safe and efficient manner (see criteria
for distance learning, as applicable).
3) Tools. The AMTS must provide an inventory of special tools
required to provide instruction. All special tools must be in satisfactory working
condition for the purpose for which they are to be used. Section 147.19 requires
the AMTS to furnish an adequate supply of special tools
appropriate to the ratings and curriculum of the AMTS.
4) Materials. The AMTS must provide a list of materials required
for instruction. The school must have sufficient materials in stock and properly
stored to provide for the approved student enrollment (see criteria for distance
learning, as applicable).
5) Quantities of Necessary Items. The amount of materials and
the kinds of equipment and tools students will use also depends on the curriculum
and number of students. For example, the applicant must demonstrate that the
school has the appropriate tools and equipment to accomplish each project.
B. Observe Demonstrations and Conduct Inspections. Verify that
the applicant’s proposed procedures and programs are effective, and that facilities
and equipment are safe and satisfactory. Follow the procedures in
Volume 2, Chapter 12, Section 3. Verify
compliance with the regulations as follows:
· Facilities meet the requirements of §§
· Instructional aids meet the requirements of §
· Materials, special
tools, and shop equipment meet the requirements of §
C. Distance Learning Program. A distance learning
program will ensure compliance with all
part 147 requirements,
including curriculum approval as required by §
of OpSpec A026, Authorizations/Limitations, is required
prior to conducting distance learning. Specifically, an acceptable distance
learning program will include written policy and procedures describing:
1) How the distance learning program will be administered.
2) A description of the examination and testing process.
3) Methods for ensuring the integrity of student work and compliance
with FAA minimum standards, as listed in part
147 appendices A, B, C, and D.
4) Procedures for proctoring computer-based exams in a remote location.
5) Procedures to ensure distance learning course
records are kept in compliance with the approved curriculum.
6) A description of the technology (i.e., hardware and software) to be utilized.
7) Proper identification of courses available through distance learning.
8) An electronic Learning Management System (eLMS) to track all
aspects of the distance learning program, including attendance, participation,
and performance (including comparisons to traditional classroom test scores and completion rates).
9) FAA read-only access to the eLMS (to facilitate surveillance).
10) Identification of students that are not seeking certification
but are enrolled in AMTS distance learning courses. Regulatory requirements
would not apply to these students.
D. Document Deficiencies. If deficiencies exist, provide a list
of discrepancies to the applicant. Schedule a meeting to discuss in detail the
appropriate corrective action to be taken. Place documentation in the certification file.
1) If the applicant does not demonstrate compliance or if discrepancies
cannot be resolved, send a letter of denial and a list of discrepancies.
2) Inform the applicant that the CPM must be notified in writing
of all corrective action taken.
2-1418 CERTIFICATION PHASE. An applicant is entitled to the issuance
of an Air Agency Certificate with appropriate rating(s) and OpSpecs after accomplishing the following:
· The certification process is completed;
· Each unsatisfactory item has been corrected;
· The FSDO has determined that the applicant has
met all regulatory requirements and understands the related responsibilities;
· The FSDO has determined that
the applicant is capable of complying with 14 CFR on a continuing basis; and
· The applicant has demonstrated
capability of conducting operations in a safe manner.
A. Issue Air Agency Certificate. When the applicant has met all
regulatory requirements, the CPM will accomplish the following:
1) Ensure all deficiencies have been documented and addressed.
2) Ensure all items in the CPM file are closed and satisfactory.
3) Review SOE for completeness.
4) Complete Item 13 of FAA Form
5) Approve the curriculum by signing and dating the List of Effective
Pages (LEP) and revision pages, or issue a letter of approval indicating the date and revision status.
a) Obtain a final certificate number from AFS-620.
b) Prepare FAA Form 8000-4, Air Agency Certificate. Ensure that the FSDO
manager signs the certificate. Give the original certificate to the new certificate
holder. Make a copy for the certification file.
6) Prepare (as applicable) part
147 AMTS OpSpecs:
· A001, Issuance and Applicability (mandatory).
· A002, Definitions and Abbreviations (mandatory).
· A003, Ratings (mandatory).
· A004, Summary of Special Authorizations and Limitations (mandatory).
· A005, Exemptions (optional).
· A006, Management Personnel (mandatory).
· A007, Designated Persons (mandatory).
· A012, Affiliated Designated Mechanic Examiners (DME) (optional).
· A013, Instructors (mandatory).
· A025, Recordkeeping System (mandatory).
· A026, Authorizations/Limitations (optional).
· B002, Required Minimum Curriculum for General (Part
147 Appendix B) (mandatory).
· B003, Required Minimum Curriculum for Airframe (Part
147 Appendix C)
(mandatory for AMTS with either an airframe rating or combined A&P ratings) (optional).
· B004, Required Minimum Curriculum for Powerplant (Part
147 Appendix D)
(mandatory for AMTS with either a powerplant rating or combined A&P ratings) (optional).
B. PI Drafts and Signs OpSpecs. The appropriate Airworthiness
PI will draft and sign the OpSpecs showing the limitations issued. Issue all
mandatory and any applicable optional FAA OpSpecs with appropriate ratings.
NOTE: Air Agency Certificates and OpSpecs are legal documents. Language
should clearly specify the authorizations, ratings, and/or limitations being
approved. When filling out these forms, erasures, strikeovers, or typographical
errors must not exist on the completed document.
C. Prepare Certification File. Once the applicant receives AMTS certification, prepare a
part 147 Air
Agency Certification file to be kept at the FSDO for documented
future review of the complete certification process. The file must include the
name and title of each ASI who assisted in the certification. The CPM signs
the file. The file must contain at least the following:
· Copy of the PASI;
· Completed FAA Form
· Letter of Compliance (i.e., an SOC);
· Applicant’s SOE;
· Copy of the signed FAA Form 8000-4 issued;
· Copy of the OpSpecs issued to the AMTS;
· Copy of the approved curriculum;
· List of the instructors, their qualifications,
and the courses they will be teaching;
· Facility layout;
· Procedures for updating the technical data library; and
· Summary of all discrepancies encountered during certification.
D. Distribute Application FAA Form
8310-6. Distribute FAA Form
8310-6, retaining the original form in the FSDO and forwarding one copy to the RFSD.
2-1419 COORDINATION REQUIREMENTS. This task requires coordination
with Maintenance ASIs, Avionics ASIs, the RFSD, and HQ.
2-1420 REFERENCES, FORMS, AND JOB AIDS.
A. References (current editions):
· Title 14 CFR Part
· Title 49 U.S.C. § 44707.
· FAA Order 8900.1, Flight Standards Information Management System (FSIMS).
· FAA Order
8900.2, General Aviation Airman Designee Handbook.
· FAA Form 8000-4, Air Agency Certificate.
· FAA Form
8310-6, Aviation Maintenance Technician School Certificate and Ratings Application.
· FAA Form
8400-6, Preapplication Statement of Intent.
C. Job Aids. Job Task Analyses (JTA): 2.4.14, 3.4.32, 3.4.34, and 3.4.36.
2-1421 TASK OUTCOMES.
A. Complete the PTRS Record.
B. Complete the Task. Completion of this task will result in one of the following:
· Issuance of an Air Agency Certificate and OpSpecs;
· A letter to the applicant indicating the denial of the certificate; or
· A letter to the applicant confirming
termination of the certification process by the applicant.
C. Document the Task. File all supporting paperwork in the certificate
holder/applicant’s office file and update the enhanced Vital Information Database (eVID).
2-1422 FUTURE ACTIVITIES. Observe the school during the first 90
days of operation. Additional inspections may be necessary to determine compliance
with the applicable CFRs. The ASI may direct changes in the methods or techniques
of operation. Perform followup and surveillance inspections as required.
RESERVED. Paragraphs 2-1423 through 2-1445.